Free Summer Outdoor Concerts in Marin 2019
Photo: Concerts on the Green, courtesy City of Novato
One of my favorite things about summer in Marin are the free outdoor concerts that take place throughout the county. There's something about the warm weather and the long days that make events like these really special. From Novato to Sausalito, there's something for every family!
Pack a picnic and your folding chairs and check out a free summer concert near you. Here's our list of events taking place this summer. If we've missed your favorite, please let us know.
- Belvedere Concerts in the Park Summer Series
Belvedere Community Park
Sundays, 3:45 or 4 pm, June 16, July 14, August 13 & September 1
Belvedere presents four fabulous and free Sunday afternoon concerts for your enjoyment this summer, from Father's Day through Labor Day. Bring a blanket, a picnic, your family and friends, and have a great time with local performers, lineup TBA. Event details
- Summer Sunday Concerts at Piccolo Pavilion
Old Corte Madera Square
Sundays, 5–6:30 pm, June 9–August 25
Bring the family to the free outdoor summer concerts at the Old Corte Madera Square. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the amazing line-up of fine local bands. 2019 lineup TBA.
The Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing offers two free concert series this summer, in addition to live music during its farmer's market on Saturdays from 9 am–2 pm. Food and drink are available from local restaurants like El Huarache Loco, Rustic Bakery, Belcampo Meat Co., and Three Twins Ice Cream. Learn more on their website.
- Folkish Festival
Marin Country Mart, Larkspur
Sundays, 12:30–2:30 pm
The Folkish Festival presents performances by talented folk and American roots musicians. The festival coincides with the weekly Off the Grid food truck extravaganza, so grab a bite to eat and listen to some great tunes!
- Friday Night Jazz
Fridays, 6–10 pm
Marin Country Mart's free outdoor jazz series takes place on Friday evenings throughout the summer. For more info, visit their website.
- Tam Valley's Creekside Fridays
Tennessee Valley Cabin, Mill Valley
Fridays, June 14–August 9, 6 pm
Bring the family, pets, chairs, and blankets to this weekly free musical event. Creekside Fridays is a series of music events for the whole family to enjoy. Each week features local musicians playing great music, a kids' area with face painting, bounce house, cotton candy, food and more. Doors open at 5:30 pm and food available starting at 6 pm. Location: 60 Tennessee Valley Road, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
- Concerts on the Plaza
Depot Plaza, Downtown Mill Valley
Sunday, August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 3–5 pm
The Mill Valley Arts Commission hosts free outdoor concerts on the Downtown Plaza on each Sunday in August, featuring one or two musical acts. 2019 lineup TBA. For more info, visit their website.
- Concerts on the Green
Novato City Green
Saturday, June 1 & 15, July 6 & 20, August 3 & 17, 5–7 pm
Novato's free 2019 summer concert series features acts like Sunny & the Black Pack, ROEM, Barrio Manouche, Decker, Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers, and Kingsborough. Beverages for sale by Rickey's and the Speakeasy. Location: Novato City Green, 901 Sherman Avenue (adjacent to Novato City Hall). For more info, visit their website.
- Hot Amphitheater Nights
Saturday, June 29, July 27 & August 31, 5–7 pm
Gather your friends and family, grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets, and Join Novato Parks & Recreation for this free outdoor concert series held at the Hamilton Amphitheater in Novato. Acts this season are Element Brass Band, the Illeagles, and the HA. For more info, visit their website.
- Picnics on the Plaza
Town Hall Lawn, San Anselmo
Friday, August 2, 9, 18, 23, & 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27
Come enjoy some live local music on the Town Hall lawn! Bring a picnic blanket or chairs, your family and friends, and come enjoy a beautiful evening in downtown San Anselmo. Event details
- Music in the Park Series
Marinwood Park, San Rafael
Fridays,, 6–8 pm
June 28, July 12, August 9 & 23
Marinwood's most popular event returns this summer! Enjoy delicious BBQ by Marinwood Market and a bar for the grownups. Entertainment lineup TBA. Concerts are free. Location: 775 Miller Creek Road. For more information, visit their website.
- Jazz and Blues by the Bay
Gabrielson Park, Sausalito
Fridays, 6:30–8 pm, May 31–August 23
Jazz and Blues by the Bay at Gabrielson Park in Sausalito is a free event. Lawn seating available (first-come first-served). Performers include Maria Muldaur & Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band, Blues Defenders, Gator Nation, and Lost Dog Found. Food available to purchase. For more information, visit their website.
- Friday Nights on Main
Main Street, Downtown Tiburon
Fridays, May 31, June 28, July 26, August 30 & September 27, 6–9 pm,
Bring the family to some outdoor dining, live music and dancing on Main Street in downtown Tiburon. Events take place the last Friday of the month in May, June, and July and September. Acts include Neon Velvet, Dee Dee Coco and the Mixx Company, Jonathan Poretz, and the Flaming O's. For more information, visit their website.
- Angel Island Live
Ayala Cove, Angel Island State Park
Saturdays & Sundays, 2–4:30 pm, Memorial Day Weekend–September
Hop on the ferry from Tiburon or San Francisco and enjoy live music on the Angel Island Cantina's deck, from bluegrass to reggae. Bands include Todos Santos, Misner and Smith, Savannah Blue, Danny Montana, Whiskey Hill Billies, and more. For more information, visit their website.
- Stern Grove Festival
Sundays, June 16–August 18, 2 pm
Head to the park for the Stern Grove Festival, a popular, admission-free concert series in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater. This year, Pink Martini, the Isley Brothers, the Psychedelic Furs, Digible Planets, the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet, and more will get the whole family into the musical spirit. You’ll want to arrive super early (like 7 am… really); people will be setting up blankets trying to save a seat first thing in the morning. Food is available at the Grove Café, and you are also welcome to bring your own goodies. Location: Sigmund Stern Grove, San Francisco. For more information, visit their website.
- JAMBand Family Festival
The Park Chalet, San Francisco
Sundays, June 9, September 22 & October 27
Grab your kids and your dancing feet and cruise on down to the Park Chalet for a summerful of free outdoor family concerts on the lawn. The popular JAMband Family Festival is in it’s ninth year and features the music of local favorite and nationally acclaimed Charity and the JAMband, along with guest family artists and themed activities. Park Chalet food and beverages are available for a fee, and you can even celebrate your child’s birthday party at a concert with a JAMband song dedication and more. Location: the Park Chalet, the Great Highway and John F. Kennedy Drive, San Francisco. For more information, visit their website.
December 17, 2018
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